Convening Community

Convening community means  people together in unexpected conversations, to bridge ideas and problem-solving strategies. 

 

Convening Community

Sculpting the energy between people | Finding common ground | Forming real connections.

 

Innovative, original programming is a vital artist tool to generate relevant community-driven responses to current socio-economic, political and hyper-local issues.

 
 
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"When artists and engineers 'speed date,' what happens?"

Speed Dating / Dinner and a Movie / Getting’ It On

June – August 2012

The Project Room collaborated with artist Susie Lee to bring ten artists and ten technologists together for a spirited evening to investigate the nature of problem-solving. Participants engaged in brief, circulating sessions akin to speed-dating, with dedicated "chaperones"  eavesdropping on the dates and Tweeting in real time.

The second component mixed up and divided the group into two for a discussion based around one of the problems brought up in the first event—the question of detritus and debris. The third paired off artists and technologists to explore solutions to this question.

Tapping into the rich intellectual “makers” from diverse creative backgrounds, we encouraged people to think about how problems are addressed and solutions are tested in fields that often do not interact with each other. Participants stretched their brains, expanded their vocabulary and found common language in the space of problem-solving.

Speed Dating: Event 1
Speed Dating: The Twitter Results
Speed Dating 2.0 
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Angel Soldier, 2015,Yee Park, Courtesy of SAM


"What we see tells us who we are; looking is never unbiased, never neutral."

Art Globally

Susie Lee shaped an evening event at Seattle Asian Art Museum that offered the chance to view a single work from the exhibition "Paradox of Place: Contemporary Korean Art," through multiple, nuanced perspectives, including a Communist writer, the ED of Langston Hughes Performing Arts Center, a conflict resolution guide, a ceramic artist, a jazz musician and a dancer. 

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"The Softest Opening in history explores how far we can, and want to, go in discussing private things about art and life in a public setting."

Soft Power, Activated

Soft Power, Activated activated the University of Washington Jacob Lawrence gallery with gynocentric projects, intimate gatherings, performances and interviews. UW students and Seattle’s most dynamic cultural stewards came together to explore the transformative influence of women through pop culture, art and conversation. 

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